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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

3 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you are probably beginning to worry about packing on extra holiday pounds to your waist and buns, but with a little bit of time and effort, you can make sure that the only thing that you hang on to from this holiday season are memories. Take some time to learn more about how you and your family can stay healthy this Thanksgiving.

Don't starve on Thanksgiving Day
Women, we tend to get very hungry on Thanksgiving Day because we are so busy running around getting everything ready that we forget to eat. Then we end up eating way too much simply because we are starving by time dinner is served. Between preparing the dishes and catching up with friends and family, you'll find that you might not have a lot of time to eat, but don't let this stop you. Snacking throughout the day can keep you from overeating that evening. Thanksgiving dinner doesn't mean that you can forget about your healthy breakfast and lunch!

Eat slowly
One reason why we tend to overeat at holidays like this is partly because we are eating fast, not just because it tastes so good! When you are eating food too quickly, it takes longer for your body to realize that it is full. Instead, put small portions of food that you have been craving on your plate and don't forget to talk to your guests. There's nothing wrong with taking a long time to savor and really enjoy your food. When you eat slowly, you'll find that this can help you realize when you are truly full and it can also help you enjoy your food more!

 Look for low calorie foods
When you eat your turkey, look for a piece that is skinless and breast meat is always the best. Also, be sure to eat small amounts of dishes that are made with high fat cheeses or milk. Candied yams often use a great deal of sugar and casseroles often come prepared with cream of mushroom soup. Consider what has gone into those dishes and take only a small amount or bypass them entirely, and instead opt for yummy vegetables or some mashed potatoes without globs of butter and gravy.

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